It’s not every day you get the opportunity to vote for a candidate as refreshing and inspiring as Lael Gray. This July, I kept waiting for a candidate I could wholeheartedly support to come along. While I have closely monitored local political races for years, Lael is the only Asheville City Council candidate who has ever inspired me enough to get out and volunteer with a campaign.
Both the Sierra Club and People Advocating for Real Conservancy have endorsed Lael and her commitment to the environment. Lael serves on the board of directors of Building Bridges, and has been an outspoken advocate for equality for all people, regardless of race or sexual orientation. Lael has a background in early childhood education and continues to serve on the board of directors of Smart Start of Buncombe County, currently chairing its Public Education Committee. In addition, Gray is a mother of two, a former small-business owner and a longtime community advocate. I urge Asheville residents to vote for Lael Gray on Nov. 8.
— Karen Oelschlaeger